Jeremy Zalacca, Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications
ROCK HILL, S.C. – On Friday, the South Atlantic Conference Presidents Council has made the decision to begin intercollegiate competition in men’s and women’s basketball for the 2020-21 season on November 21. Teams will also be permitted to begin full team practices on Thursday, Oct. 22. The start date of other winter sports (indoor track and field, swimming and diving and wrestling) will be up to each institution’s discretion.
The SAC men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a 20-game conference schedule with the opportunity for teams to play an additional two non-conference opponents, if teams choose to.
“Our schools have been able to conduct in-person classes and practice activities this fall, and while there have been positive cases and other issues, they have been able to manage them effectively,” SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz said. “The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans is still our top priority, but we are confident that we can begin playing some basketball games in November and prepare for all of our sports to compete in the spring semester.”
The SAC leadership will continue to assess the NCAA, federal, state, and local developments and provide updated revisions as further information is available, including as restrictions on spectator attendance at games.